September 24, 2007

Cheers & Jeers: Sept. 24, 2007


CHEERS: to Cardinal Points, the student newspaper at Plattsburgh State, for being named by the Associated Collegiate Press as a 2007 Newspaper Pacemaker Finalist, which places it in a prestigious list of the top 40 college newspapers in North America. The Pacemaker, the highest award given to college media and considered the Pulitzer Prize of college journalism, will be awarded to the top 20 newspapers at the National College Media Convention in Washington, D.C., Oct. 24 to 28. This is the first time Cardinal Points has been named a Pacemaker Finalist, although it has consistently won high accolades from nationally based ratings services. Newspapers from the 2006-07 academic year were judged for this competition. The staff consisted of: Dan Shepard, editor in chief; Ryan Hutchins, managing editor; Ryan Hayner, news editor; Michelle Besaw and Sam Hollingsworth, associate news editors; Josh Cameron, fuse editor; Carolyn Strauss, associate fuse editor; Colleen Sheehy, sports editor; Mark Misiak, associate sports editor; Todd Costello, opinions editor; Holly Boname and Michael Pitts, photo editors; and Shawn W. Murphy, faculty adviser. You have seen or will see some of those names on the pages of the Press-Republican. Shepard, Hutchins, Besaw, Hollingsworth, Misiak and Boname have all interned with our newspaper, and some of them continue to write for us. Congratulations to our friends and co-workers at Cardinal Points.

CHEERS: to Price Chopper and one of its Plattsburgh employees, Rita, for refusing, in a very professional manner, to sell beer to a group of young men who couldn't seem to come up with proof that they were old enough to purchase it. Price Chopper lost the sale of two full shopping carts of beer, ice and other party supplies, but they sent a strong and valuable message to those young men and others who witnessed the action. Price Chopper doesn't sell alcohol -- or cigarettes -- to minors, so there's no use in trying to buy.

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